East Asia

Biden tours Pfizer manufacturing plant

Bidenomics Is ‘America First’ With a Brain

Trump’s economic revolution is alive and well—and continuing in abler hands.

A worker stands next to a cage of mice inside a laboratory of the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China, on Feb. 23, 2017.

The Lab Leak Theory Doesn’t Hold Up

The rush to find a conspiracy around the COVID-19 pandemic’s origins is driven by narrative, not evidence.

A screen shows Putin speaking.

It’s Russia, Stupid (For Now)

Biden wants to focus on China. That’s a gift to Putin.

Me Too protest in China

The Sneaky Conservatism of China’s Feminist Dramas

As Beijing limits women’s choices, ta shidai television shows soothe without offering real change.

Medical personnel receive the Moderna vaccine in Taiwan.

U.S.-China Spat Over Taiwan Extends to Vaccine Diplomacy

The United States is providing hundreds of thousands of vaccines right in China’s front yard.

Employees work on the production line of CoronaVac, Sinovac Biotech's vaccine against COVID-19 coronavirus at the Butantan biomedical production center, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Jan. 14.

Vaccine Diplomacy Boosts China’s Standing in Latin America

Beijing has increased its leverage in the region—but Washington can still stage a comeback.

1940 Olympics Flag

Unlucky Tokyo Rolls the Olympic Dice—Again

With cancellation so prominent in Japan’s Olympic history, Tokyo 2021 has emerged as a cautionary tale.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian speaks.

China’s Diplomacy Is Limiting Its Own Ambitions

Beijing’s self-imposed problems make it a less threatening challenger than it seems.

Uyghurs demonstrate in London.

Beijing Plans a Slow Genocide in Xinjiang

Chinese officials’ own words speak to plans to reduce Uyghur births.

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto

As the Clock Ticks, Japanese Wonder If the Olympics Are Worth the Risk

Opponents are calling foul, but the data suggests the event can be pulled off.

A U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer in Hong Kong

Pentagon Faces Tense Fight Over Pacific Pivot

The Defense Department is in an internal tug of war over the practicality of putting more U.S. troops in the range of Chinese missiles.

Woman receives Sinovac vaccine in Indonesia

Indonesia Is Quietly Warming Up to China

Once inching toward war, the Asian giants are getting closer—while Washington seems unserious and disengaged.

An offshore wind farm off South Korea

South Korea’s Big Bet on Green Energy Is Bogged Down

Seoul is building massive offshore wind farms, but fishing rights and protectionist sentiment may get in the way.

A pedestrian walks in Taiwan.

Taiwan’s Governmental Overconfidence Keeps Creating Crises

An energy shortage threatens critical semiconductor supply lines as COVID-19 surges.

Chinese women take their babies for a stroll.

Chinese Women Have Already Voted Against Beijing’s Natalist Hopes

Government efforts to force the birth rate up are met with stubborn resistance.

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